Astro Log: June 7th 2015

Equipment: 16” Dobsonian, 55mm, new 9mm & 6mm Edge-On Planetary eyepieces, Paracorr

New objects observed: Iapetus

Previously viewed objects: Saturn, Titan, Tethys, Dione, Rhea

It’s been a pretty brutal time for trying to get viewing time in for a while now. It was finally “clear” last week, so I took the Dobsonian out to try out the Edge-On Planetary 6 and 9mm eyepieces from Orion that I got a while back. I tried to knock off some Herschel 400 objects, but it just wasn’t in the cards for me that night. I did get a look at Saturn and saw five moons: Titan, Dione, Rhea, Tethys, and Iapetus. Iapetus, as far as I can tell from my notes, is a new one at least. Unfortunately planets aren’t so great in the Dobsonian, but Saturn looked reasonably attractive as usual – just not as clear as I might have liked. No complaints about the eyepieces, though. I want to try them with a faster telescope sometime, and in better (and clearer) skies to see how they perform there.

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